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Fuji X-E1 and Flash

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The Fuji X-E1 has without doubt put the fun back into photography for myself and Mrs P. Certain tools or gadgets give a very enjoyable tactile experience and I think you either get this or you don’t. Apple understand this and you get this using an iPhone or an iPad – not only are they great tools for the job they do, but they are nice to touch, to handle and to hold. The Fuji X range of cameras has this quality about them and like the Apple products the Fuji cameras ooze quality. The pleasure to be had from simply using the Fuji X-E1 has made us want to photograph more things more often and to stretch ourselves that bit further. This camera suits us perfectly for the way we like to photograph and what we like to photograph. It is a perfect vacation camera, but to explain that better take a look at Patrick’s take on this at findingrange.com here. Indeed the whole topic of why we photograph and to what end is a blog in itself, which in truth I intend to write shortly – but for now, I want to look at what is coming next on our Fuji adventure.

Well this rekindled love of photography has made us want to stretch our wings and play a bit with flash photography and maybe dabble with some off camera flash. Our love of the tactility of the Fuji X-E1 and our appreciation of it’s innate beauty means we are drawn to the flash that was designed to go with these cameras – the Fuji efx20. This is a flash with a nod to design in terms of build quality and looks. It fits in with the compactness of the camera and the looks of the camera, and it will fit in the Billingham bag that carries the Fuji kit. That’s it really, we want one of these beauties and we want to have a play with flash.  Gary Austin has taken an excellent look at this  flash on YouTube and he is well worth subscribing too. You can see his review below – it sold it to me!

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Author: Adrian Ainsworth

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6 thoughts on “Fuji X-E1 and Flash

  1. Thanks for the mention, Adrian! You and your wife have an amazing blog with fantastic content here!

  2. This EF-X20 isn’t even worth considering. It has no power, cannot be bounced, is as such terribly sensitive to the red-eye problem even as a fill in flash, most of all: it is not cheap either. It works extremely clumsy, you put in on, it’s out without knowing, doesn’t come up reactivating the camera… really, I regret very much the investment.

    The only purpose it might have is as master-controller of slave strobes, but even than..?

    I’ve got also the ‘top range’ EF-42, this is a far better flash, but a still too amateur thing, so far from an SB800 or 900. F.i., you cannot fire more than10 times at one instance without taking the risk to completely damage it, it’s in the manual.

    I love the Fuji X system very much, but third party flash support out of the market is non existing and the Fujifilm line of relabeled Sunpacks is nothing else than a complete shame.

    It becomes time now that Fujifim closes this gap with a credible range of solid flashes, and if they can’t, that they just take the decision to support the Nikon or Canon flash TTL protocol on their hot shoe.

    A camera is a tool, for me it doesn’t matter that it fits in an expensive bag, or has nice looking flash that cannot even perform basic lighting without serious problems.

  3. Kind words Patrick and we enjoy Findingrange.com a lot.

    Well EJPB, I will certainly take on board your comments, I think you are proferring a professional take on this flash, whilst I am seeing this from the keen amateur’s viewpoint, where photographing my life comes second to living it. For example, first I want to walk around Venice as a tourist and second I want to photograph it as a photographer. To that end size matters and small is beautiful.

    That said, it is pause for thought time, and I really appreciate you stopping by to help me with your thoughts.

    Adrian

  4. Please, understand, it’s not at all my intension to do any offense to your article.

    I’ve been a wave one user of both the X100 and X-Pro1, not being a true pro either, but a very passionated photographer. The X-system’s vocation is premium, hi end photography. This is a point where Fuji lacks a decent support: flash support. In the camera itself (sync, stand by mgm’t,…) and how everything works, as in the support by means of Sunpaks. Sunpak is really a cheap budget brand, even the EF42 is not really a flash allowing to execute any advanced shooting. Also why the X-series don’t support the infrared AF-assistance in this flash, remains a mystery. It’s like having a car with electric windows you cannot use.

    Really, Fuji has still a way to go to make this mature.

    After acquiring the EF-X20, it didn’t last long before I got very disappointed in it. I’m not sure it’s a Sunpak, it feels indeed more solid. But that’s about the only good I can say about it.

    Take 5 pictures from a group of people and at least 3 will show people with red eyes. The diffuser doesn’t help you at all, bouncing is what you cannot do with this flash to avoid the problem. Very carefully, as a fill in flash, it could have some purpose, if you put in manual mode and reduce the power as much as you can. Or as a master/slave controller.

    I think the not X-design fitted EF-20 does do a better job (I’m not having it, but I know the front can be inclined)

  5. Hi EJPB – again thanks for the input. In truth I have spent the last hour or so hunting around the net on this topic and looking at alternatives. Not sure where I am at with that, beyond that the Yongnuo yn-560 III is cheap and that this http://www.fujix-forum.com/index.php/topic/10685-a-different-perspective-of-the-fuji-ef-x20-flash/ seems to be a well put counter point to your take on the efx20.

    I appreciate you really making me think on this one.

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